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Nan Red and Pier 51

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"Alan McNeilly (AlanL) shares a fine article focusing on some his works from his massive "Pier 51" diorama, in this MSW Build Feature!"


Back in 2006 I submitted my second feature to the site spurred on by Skipper entitled Landing Craft Trio, link below:

Landing Craft Trio

Someone asked a question about LCM 3s recently and I came across a set of pictures I took last year or the year before of the upgrade of two of the boats from the trio; The Italeri LCM 3 and the Fouderie Miniature's LCA.

The upgrade of the boats consisted of adding some new British fittings to the deck of the LCM 3 which I salvaged form the Trumpeter kit and stocking the two boats with suitable troops vehicles and stores.

The crew are from the 'Wee Friends' range. The troops are a mix of Tamiya and MasterBox converted with the Accurate Armour Infantry set with Hornet and Ultracast heads. Radios are from the excellent Resicast set as is the Deep Wading Universal Carrier Mk II conversion (this one is the older version). The vehicle is form the Headquarters and Defense Platoon, 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.

Stores and supplies are a mix from SB Scottia, Resicast and the supplies box.

Both these boats I hope to use in a diorama of the landings on Nan Red Beach.

The third boat, the LCVP waits patiently for a load and I picked another LCVP recently for a very good price!.
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About the Author

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...


Beautiful work Alan!
NOV 02, 2010 - 04:02 AM
Hi Alan Nice update and things are slowly coming together! There's no rush in finishing, but these is one of those projects that I am looking forward to see finished! Keep up the good job Cheers, Rui
NOV 02, 2010 - 04:36 AM
Hi Guys, Pier 51 Thanks for looking, things are moving along, I'm working on a couple of RN Petty Officers to staff the radio room in the Lighthouse although the arrival of the Vosper could complicate things more . The LCM 3 for this one needs a bit of tidy up work and I need to get some decals made to mark the boats correctly. If Italeri stay true to form then the Vosper might finally produce a set of British Sailors, I see they have some for the Italian boat forecast, so that would be handy. I did finish the wagons for the top of the pier through Nan Red Trying to get as many individual figuers as possible to fill the boats form the Tamiya and DML British infantry sets available was not and easy task and there are a lot of troops across the two boats, plus about another 30 to do for on the beach area. I'm not 100% happy with the crews I need to find a good sailor type figure for the front of the LCM 3 as if I've read my facts correctly one would have been stationed there to ensure the ramp lowered and to clear any debris that might foul raising the ramp after disembarkation. There have been some useful new British troops, the Scotland the Brave Set from MB and the RE Mine Clearing Team so addition variety is slowly starting to appear, even though I'd already started on some mine sweapers for the exit ramp. I was thinking of trying to do the LCVP as a damaged boat, half submerged or caught up on an obstacle, which is why I haven't done anything else to it yet, as it's an idea floating around in my mind. Add a wife, work, all the wonderful new British kits that have suddenly appeared, reviews and features/walkabouts and it's a wonder I get anything done any more I'll keep you posted if anything of interest gets done. Cheers Al
NOV 02, 2010 - 06:36 AM
Talk about a teaser! If the scenery comes out half as well as the landing craft, we'll be in for a delight in the Features section! The Bedford came out well--we ship modelers still have to do a lot of scratchbuilding to get other vehicles in our scenes. --Karl
NOV 02, 2010 - 11:13 AM
Great work! ... and tons of it! Cheers, Guido
NOV 02, 2010 - 08:37 PM
Hi Karl and Guido, Thanks for looking in folks and the comments, appreciated. Al
NOV 04, 2010 - 03:44 AM
NOV 07, 2010 - 03:30 AM
Hi Marshall, Thanks for looking in and the comment. Al
NOV 08, 2010 - 04:03 AM
I've been watching this one grow for years. I do look forward to an EXTENSIVE photo shoot of it.
NOV 09, 2010 - 06:25 AM
Hi Steve, Might have to wait a few more years yet . Still I'm getting a revived interest so the Christmas Holidays might seem some decent progress. In the mean time work so far on my RN chaps for the radio room. Al
NOV 13, 2010 - 07:21 AM